Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants killed nine people and abducted dozens more in southern Niger, a local mayor and a journalist said.
The attackers rode camels into the village of Ngalewa, north of the border with Nigeria – home of the Boko Haram insurgency – said Maman Nour, director of a community radio station in nearby Kabelawa.
“They killed nine people and they kidnapped around 30,” said Nour, who spoke to fleeing villagers.
Abba Gata Issa, mayor of the district, confirmed nine dead and said around 40 women and children were kidnapped.
Boko Haram launches frequent cross-border raids from strongholds in north-eastern Nigeria and has killed more than 20,000 people during its eight-year insurgency.
Last week bombers killed two people and wounded 11 others at a UN-managed camp in the same region of Niger where thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram violence live. It was the first suicide attack in Niger’s southern Diffa region in a year.